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FdSc Applied Microbiology

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UCAS Code: C500 Institution Code: S51
Start Date / End Date: September 2017 - June 2019 (Full-time)
September 2018 - June 2020 (Full-time)
Duration: 2 years full-time
3 years part-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Paul Kowabnik Telephone:
01744 623127
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FdSc Applied Microbiology
Programme Specification
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University of Chester

Microbiology is a laboratory based science which closely studies and analyses the microorganisms that impact on the health of human beings, animals and plant life.

Our foundation degree in Applied Microbiology has been designed in consultation with local and regional employers and in response to the changing needs of the industry. This course provides an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the fascinating world of bacteria and viruses, paying attention to microbes of medical importance.

It will provide you with the opportunity to develop the academic knowledge needed to expertly engage with the practical and technical aspects of this industry, whilst allowing you to develop the relevant analytical, transferable and work-based skills. The degree is designed as a clear avenue of entry to a range of career paths and further study.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year will introduce you to microbiology as an applied science. You will also explore principles within biochemistry and will be introduced to basic biochemical concepts. Through data analysis you will gain confidence in the use of general mathematical techniques. Through the biology of disease module you will explore the fundamental concepts of aetiology, pathology and epidemiology. You will also learn basic skills required to work in a microbiology laboratory. You will also study parasites in human diseases.

Year 2

The second year develops your knowledge further. You will be introduced to industrial microbiology enabling you to identify microbiological mediated industrial problems. You will also look at the theoretical and practical microbial physiology with particular reference to ecology, immunology and metabolism. You will also look at the methods, benefits and potential hazards of genetic engineering. You will gain insight into the diversity of pathogenic microorganisms. The work-based learning module will provide you with the opportunity to gain accreditation for work experience in your chosen field. You will also undertake your own special project allowing you to develop skills in independent study in an appropriate manner under the guidance of a tutor in the field of microbiology presenting findings in the form of a written report and an oral presentation.

Please note the outline of study detailed above is based on a student studying full-time. The part-time study route encompasses the same outline however is delivered over three years, rather than two years.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, practical based laboratory sessions, group work and seminars.

You will be supported by a range of resources including library materials and IT access. Additionally, you will have access to a Uni Hub, a dedicated learning environment for degree students.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is employed throughout the duratioin of the course through both formative and summative assessment including presentations, case studies, essay plans, question and answer sessions. You will also be assessed through essays, exams, laboratory assignments and portfolios of work.

Who will be teaching me?

An experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of microbiology. Lecturers are active in the research in their field and have experience of working in industry.

Ref: Paul Kowabnik